EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR SATURIDAY, MARCH 6, 2021
China Plans Future Development; U.S. Plans Future Wars
March 5 , 2021 (EIRNS)—China’s annual “Two Sessions” began March 4, as Premier Li Keqiang gave the “Work Report,” the overview of China’s plans for the future—in this case, the 14th Five Year Plan which begins this year, and a perspective for 2050. Following up the historic completion of the project to eliminate abject poverty altogether from the entire nation of 1.4 billion people—accomplished through a combination of infrastructure development even in the most desolate areas of the country, building new cities with millions of new urban jobs, introducing modern agricultural techniques, providing adequate health and education facilities for all, and more—they now have launched a national “Rural Revitalization” project to raise the standard of living and the productivity of the rural communities, and to assure there is no back-sliding into poverty. R&D is to be expanded by 7%, to close the “tech gap” and break the “choke points” created by the sanctions and the overt attacks on the tech sector by the U.S. He Lifang, the head of the National Development and Reform Commission, identified the primary areas for expanded investment: quantum information, interstellar exploration, energy and food security, and industrial supply chains.
In the U.S., on the other hand, Joe Biden is not to be found. He has held no press conferences, while his totally inexperienced Vice President Kamala Harris is handling his relations with senior foreign leaders, including Emmanuel Macron, Bibi Netanyahu, Justin Trudeau, and Scott Morrison. Biden has handed over the reins of the economy to a cartel of Wall Street and City of London financial institutions, which are imposing the Green New Deal—cutting off credit to fossil fuels, industry and agriculture, under the pseudo-scientific hoax of carbon-induced climate change. The Malthusians behind this plan are, at the same time, working hand-in-glove with the military-industrial complex to continue and expand the military confrontation with both Russia and China launched by Barack Obama and continued in the Trump Administration despite Trump’s stated intention of being “friends” with the other two great powers.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on March 3 revealed his British Imperial mentality; “China is the only country with the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to seriously challenge the stable and open international system—all the rules, values, and relationships that make the world work the way we want it to.” Biden’s choice to run planning at the Pentagon, Colin Kahl, told the Congress March 4 that the Biden Administration will fully endorse the 2018 National Defense Strategy, which “accurately identifies the strategic competition with China and Russia as the primary challenge animating the global security environment.” On Russia, he lied: “Russian behavior indicates it seeks to undermine and overturn the rules-based international order established during the post World War II period,” accusing Moscow of “blatant disregard for the sovereignty of its neighbors”—this from the people who have bombed multiple nations (that pose no threat to the U.S. or to anyone else) into oblivion, without even pretending to follow the U.S. Constitutional restraints on waging war. These same people are now standing by while their bombs and their sanctions have unleashed one of the greatest genocides in modern history in Yemen, Syria, and more.
The target is development itself, as has now been identified by the governments in Russia and China. While the financial bubble in the Western banks has demanded the printing of trillions upon trillions of dollars over the past years to keep them afloat, leaving no credit for the real economy, the policy of these imperial monsters is not to compete, but to destroy their competitors’ development. Consider the unprovoked attacks on Huawei, on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, and the new “yellow-peril” racism of the anti-China McCarthyism. The target is the New Silk Road—the Belt and Road Initiative—which is taking the Chinese economic miracle to the impoverished nations of the Global South, giving the formerly colonized nations their first realistic hope to escape poverty and become modern industrial nations. The British Empire will not allow it. Prince Charles insists that the growth will expand carbon in the atmosphere and burn up the world. Does anyone really believe this is “science?”
The Schiller Institute is gathering leading spokesmen from Russia, China, Africa, Europe and the Americas for a dialogue on meeting this existential crisis for mankind, with the idea of “peace through development” presented by Lyndon LaRouche over the past fifty years, by looking ahead to the next fifty years, to create the necessary revolution in human affairs to both meet these crises together as a human race, and to unleash the creative potential of mankind, to create a world worthy of the dignity of man.
Join us for three panels:
1) Reversing the Cultural Wasteland—The Urgency of a New Renaissance
2) The Strategic Crisis Facing the Human Race
3) The Indo-Pacific and Southwest Asia: Pivots for War or Peaceful Development with the New Silk Road